The Chicago Bears have defied the hopes and dreams of their fans by yet again re-signing QB Gross Rexman. I am so glad I'm not a fan of the Bears.
Two years ago, Rexman's mediocre performance was enough to sink the Bears' Superbowl season. Last year, Rexman wasn't able to hold off challengers Griese and Orton. With the defense plummeting from injuries, age and free agency, the Bears only chance for improving on their disappointing 7-9 season is being left up to this boner. In his last 24 regular season games (which includes the 2006 Superbowl run, his best season), he has thrown 27 TDs and 27 INTs and committed 14 fumbles. Good luck with that.
There are reports that the Bears are seeking to re-sign Orton to a long term deal. It's not clear if he's expected to "compete" in training camp for the starting job or if he'll be the designated backup. In his 18-game career, Orton has 12 TDs, 15 INTs and 14 fumbles.
Rexman has been in the NFL since 2003 and there isn't much reason to believe he'll turn into a good quarterback. There isn't even much reason to believe that he can be a decent caretaker in the Trent Dilfer mode.
What have the Bears purchased for $3 million? A high draft pick in 2009, I'd wager.